“The City of Sacramento wants our customers to let Mother Nature water their lawns,” said Dave Brent, Director of the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities. “Sprinklers should be turned off when it is raining and can be kept off for several days or possibly even weeks afterwards because the moisture from the rain is still in the soil and feeding the grass and plants.”
"The city is working towards a 20 percent water use reduction and sprinklers are a large part of our everyday water use,” reminded Brent. “In fact, for most homes, sprinklers make up more than 50 percent of their water use. So cutting back on sprinkler days and length of time that they run is key to helping the city meet its goal and protect our water resources for the dry summer months ahead.”
The city wants to remind residents to monitor the moisture and not water if the ground is soft. An easy test is to stick a screwdriver in the grass, if it goes in easily, then the lawn doesn't need to be watered.
Record summer heat has increased fire risk in California and the Western U.S. as drought conditions expand.
Statewide water conservation exceeded the mandatory goal in May and Sacramento reduced water use 40 percent.
In the fourth year of drought in California, sales and use of "safe and sane" fireworks are restricted in some areas, allowed in others.
A California Assembly committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would allow water districts to impose taxes on any business, industry or person who wastes water.
The drought can be blamed for a number of problems and the latest is a major decline in the duck population. A new survey shows lack of rain has led to poor habitats.